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Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.



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Yale Strom - musical performer, artist, and ethnographic collector of Yiddish music - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 21, 2016 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, CA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yale Strom Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Association for...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Leonard Nimoy - Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on in the Star Trek science fiction series - was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2013.  Parts of this interview are in Yiddish, subtitled in English. To see produced shorts based on this interview, visit:  http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/Leonard-Nimoy . To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story . To cite this...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish...
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Ruth Levin, singer and daughter of Yiddish orator, singer, and performer Leibu Levin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 25, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ruth Levin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 25, 2014 ....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Rivka Augenfeld, native Yiddish speaker and active member of the Montreal Jewish community, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on July 11, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Rivka Augenfeld Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jordan Kutzik, Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Canada, July, 11, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish Identity, Politics and political movements, Old...
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Dan Opatoshu, grandson of Yiddish novelist and short story writer Yosef Opatoshu, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:  Dan Opatoshu Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, 12 March 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Dan Opatoshu, Yosef Opatoshu, Joseph Opatoshu, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Arthur Abrams, composer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arthur Abrams Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording...
Topics: song, singing, Film, America, United States, Yiddish personalities, New York City, Molly Picon,...
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Robert Feder, z"l - attorney, native Yiddish speaker, and longtime Yiddish Book Center member - was interviewed by Michael Yashinsky on December 18, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Robert Feder Oral History Interview, interviewed by Michael Yashinsky , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Barbara Kupfer Murray was interviewed by Jessica Parker on November 22, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Kupfer Murray Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Massachusetts, November 22, 2013. Video recording:...
Topics: Coney Island, Brooklyn, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Paris, France, Poland, Lodz, Soviet Union, New York,...
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Liba Augenfeld- Vilna-native, former Jewish partisan and prominent Yiddish cultural activist after immigrating to Montreal - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 10, 2012, in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Liba Augenfeld Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Canada, July 10, 2012. Video...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Arthur Klein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 12, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Arthur Klein’s interview paints a vivid picture of early twentieth century life in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he grew up. Arthur provides meticulous details about his childhood in Brownsville. He describes his grandparents as Jews from Russian who often spoke English, but occasionally slipped into Yiddish. His parents were English speakers, but his neighborhood was a Jewish, or as he sometimes...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning,...
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Artist Stan Edelson was interviewed by Jessica Parker at the Yiddish Book Center on November 12, 2012. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Stan Edelson Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, MA, November 12, 2012. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/StanEdelson12november2012YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Simcha Simchovitch, z"l, Yiddish poet, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Simcha Simchovitch Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , July 19, 2016 . (https://archive.org/details/...
Topics: Jewish community, Yiddish personalities, Canada, America, Eastern Europe, Holocaust, World War Two,...
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Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber, daughter of Yiddish theater prompter and cousin of English-language novelist Bernard Malamud, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 4, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story      To cite this interview: Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Vivian Felsen, professional translator and granddaughter of Yiddish writer I. Medres, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Viivan Felsen Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 21, 2016 ....
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Minna Barrett, psychology professor and granddaughter of Yiddish actor David Baratz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 9, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Minna Barrett Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the Museum of the City of New York, New York ,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Goldie Morgentaler Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 21, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: Love, Relationships, children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books, Politics...
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Gloria Weiner Weiss, former Yiddish child actress on the radio and stage, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 21, 2017 in Manchester, Connecticut. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gloria Weiner Weiss Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Manchester, Connecticut, November 21, 2017. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Theater, Radio, Channukah, Khanukah,...
David Roskies, literary scholar and cultural historian, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 23rd, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Roskies Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 23, 2019. Video...
Topics: Academia, Advice, Books, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Eastern Europe, Education, Family...
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Shirley (Shifra) Katz [Schachter], a child singer and performer for Yiddish vaudeville, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 3, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Shirley (Shifra) Katz [Schachter] Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the Museum...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker,...
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Sheila Horvitz was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on November 10, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Sheila Horvitz, a lawyer and former teacher, recounts her life growing up in a strong Yiddish atmosphere in New York City in the 1950s. She describes her mother and grandmother’s emigration from a shtetl in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War in 1921, and she shows documents pertaining to their immigration and arrival in the United States. Sheila grew up in an orthodox home and she vividly...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Hadasa Cytrynowicz was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hadasa Cytrynowicz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2014. https://archive.org/details/HadasaCytrynowicz19Nov2014YiddishBookCenter...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Avia Moore was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 14, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Avia Moore Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Canada, December 14, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/AviaMoore14dec2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning, descriptions of),...
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Esti Dunow - daughter of Yiddish writer Moshe Dluznowsky and art historian who is an expert on Chaim Soutine - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 17, 2015 in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Esti Dunow Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, NY, April 17, 2015....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Henry Kellerman, psychotherapist and author, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 24, 2014 in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Henry Kellerman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, NY, October 24, 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, was interviewed by Isaac Daniel Moore on February 11, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. Paul was born in New York City in 1934 and grew up in Brooklyn and later Israel. He begins the interview discussing his family background. Paulâs motherâs family was from Bialystok and immigrated to America in 1929 to join family who had moved before World War One. Paul describes them as Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews) and talks about their...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
Arthur Moshlak, retired electrician and grandson of a member of the Vilna Theater Troupe, was interviewed by Nina Pick on April 21st, 2019 in Millerton, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arthur Moshlak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Millerton, New York, April 21, 2019. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Jewish identity, Yiddish language, Immigration and migration, Hebrew,...
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Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 4th, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Moshe Kraus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 4, 2016....
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Music, song, singing, Career and Professional...
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Yosl Bergner, z"l, painter and descendant of Yiddish writers Hinde Bergner and Meylekh (Melech) Ravitch, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 23, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yosl Bergner Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 23, 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish. Benzion was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. He was raised in a musical family - his father was also a cantor - in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. He recalls listening to WEVD Yiddish radio with his parents and discusses his memories of the Brownsville...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Music, song,...
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Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Alvin Becker, retired veterinarian, was interviewed by Rola Younes on December 3, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Alvin Becker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Rola Younes, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 3, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Molly Fogarty, Springfield librarian who was born in Munich, was interviewed by Tanya Panova on February 12, 2016 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Molly Fogarty  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Tanya Panova, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century. Mazower, who didn’t grow up speaking Yiddish, still has...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, National Yiddish Book Center, books, Yiddish...
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Monty Hall, media personality, philanthropist and original host of Let's Make a Deal, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11th, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Monty Hall Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, March 11, 2014....
Topics: Monty Hall, Winnipeg, Canada, Los Angeles, California, Beverly Hills, Danny Kaye, 1920s, 1930s,...
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Ruth Stark, founding board member of the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Ruth Stark Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish language, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning, Yiddish speaker, Scholarship, Academia, Books,...
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Ben Zion Shenker, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Ben Zion was raised in a musical home. His father was a cantor and he was considered a child prodigy by many. Throughout his career, Ben Zion has appeared on WEVD Yiddish Radio and has composed and recorded many niggunim which are used throughout the Orthodox world. To learn more about the Wexler Oral...
Topics: Jewish education, Music, song, singing, Radio, Israel, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
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Ron Finegold, audio recording engineer and curator of notable recordings at Montreal's Jewish Public Library, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 13, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec. Ron's father's side of the family came to Montreal as a group through the Jewish Colonization Program in South America. Ron's mother was born in 1896, and lived in Płoskirów, now known as Khmelnytskyi, in modern-day Ukraine, from 1914-1921. Ron's mother recounted the events...
Topics: Advice, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning,...
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Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten, daughters of Yiddish writer Y. Y. Segal, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 8, 2016....
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Press, Literature, Books, Newspapers, Career and Professional...
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Topics: Latin America, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish...
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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet, writer, and activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Irena Klepfisz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
Patrick Farrell, accordion player who specializes in klezmer music, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 19th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Patrick Farrell Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 19, 2019. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Klezmer, Music, Synagogue, Travel, United...
Sonia Goldstein, Yiddish speaker and former teacher of children with disabilities, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 10th, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sonia Goldstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, July 10, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family...
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Arnold Richards was interviewed by Sara Israel on June 1, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arnold Richards Oral History Interview, interviewed by Sara Israel, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, June 1, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish revival and activism, Coming back to Yiddish,...
Ricki Greenblatt, former Camp Kinderland counselor and chorus singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 10th, 2020 in Boynton Beach, Florida. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ricki Greenblatt Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Boynton Beach, Florida, February 10, 2020. Video...
Topics: Education, Jewish education, Music, Relationships, Secular, Singing, Summer camp, United States,...
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Sam Waizman, Holocaust survivor born in Warsaw, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sam Waizman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2014....
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Henry Dunow, literary agent and son of Yiddish writer Moyshe Dluznowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, MA. Henry is the son of Yiddish winter (novelist, journalist, playwright) Moyshe Dluznowsky. In this interview, he spoke of his father; his history, personality, writing, physical appearance and how he was as a father. Our conversation often referenced parts of Henry's book The Way Home. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:...
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Miriam Gross, retired research librarian and daughter of Yiddish writer B. Demblin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 28, 2015 in her home in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Miriam Gross Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York , December 28, 2015....
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Yakob Basner, Yiddish teacher and Holocaust survivor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 16, 2016 in Seal Beach, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story  To cite this interview: Yakob Basner Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Seal Beach, California, October 16, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Immigration,...
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Tal Hever-Chybowski, now director of the Paris Yiddish Center Medem Library, was interviewed by Allie Brudney on February 08, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Tal Hever-Chybowski, interviewed by Allie Brudney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Berlin, Germany, February 08, 2014....
Topics: Berlin, Neukolln, Paris, Jerusalem, Vilnius, Vilna, Ukraine, Naborski, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, Advice,...
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Leonard Strear and Albert “Boonie” Dinner, cousins, were interviewed in Denver, Colorado on July 6, 2011. Albert was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado, and Leonard was born in Detroit and grew up in Denver. The two cousins talk about their shared family history, their childhoods in Colorado, and their lives as Jewish farmers there. Growing up, Leonard spent much of his time working for his father, a poultry farmer. He describes waking up at 4:30 am to pick up truckloads of poultry from...
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Edith Schwarz, niece of Yiddish poet Kadya Molodowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 19th, 2018, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. To  learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To   cite  this interview: Edith Schwarz  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Jenkintown, Pennsylvania ,  March 19, 2018 . Video recording,...
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Thelma Oldak Finkler, Yiddish translator and English teacher who grew up in Mexico, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 28, 2015 in Huixquilucan, Mexico. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Thelma Oldak Finkler Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Huixquilucan, Mexico , October 28, 2015....
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Judith Dick Kellman, Yiddish speaker from Brooklyn, New York, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 27, 2017 in Berkeley, California. To  learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To   cite  this interview: Judith Dick Kellman  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Berkeley, California ,  March 27, 2017 . Video...
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Alan Kligerman, founder of Akpharma, advisor for Cornell University's Institute of Food Science, inventor of calcium fortified milk that was later sold as Lactaid, and public speaker and philanthropist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 31st, 2019 in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
Topics: Advice, Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Career and Professional Life, United States,...
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Zvi Jankelowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on April 11, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Zvi Jankelowitz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, April 1, 2013. Video...
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David and Ben Burstin, Yiddish-speaking brothers from Melbourne, Australia, were interviewed by Christ a Whitney on February 10, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David and Ben Burstin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2017. Video...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish scene, Yiddish...
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Fran Saed, longtime resident of New York’s Jewish community, was interviewed by Aaron Lansky on February 25, 2010, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Fran discusses her childhood and family connections to the Jewish communities of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Far Rockaways (Queens) beginning in the 1930s. She provides an account of her two-year attendance at kheyder (Jewish religious school) and her tzedakah (charity) collections for the Tabor Home for Tuberculosis...
Topics: Harlem, calf tongue, calf brains, Jewish food, shul, Bronx, Rockaways, kheder, Yiddish, air...
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Joel Halpern, professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, focused on his childhood and Jewish stories from his career and anthropological field work. His paternal background came from Austro-Hungarian Galicia at the turn of the twentieth century, and his maternal grandparents from Lithuania at the end of the nineteenth century. Both his parents were born and later lived in the New York area. Joel grew up in the Bronx and then Mt. Vernon in southern Westchester....
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Talia Margolis Chomstein, Yiddish activist based in Mexico City, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 29, 2015 at the Yidish Vinkl in Kehila Ashkenazi in Mexico City, Mexico. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Talia Margolis Chomstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish Vinkl in Kehila Ashkenazi in Mexico City,...
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August Maymudes, Yiddishist and political activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: August Maymudes Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, January 16, 2013. Video recording,...
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Boris Rubenstein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Boris Rubinstein, child and adolescent psychiatrist, grew up in Mexico City, Mexico. He explained that both his father and mother immigrated from Eastern Europe—Poland and Ukraine—to Mexico City. His father left Eastern Europe as a teenager, while his mother left as a young child, both following family members across the ocean. His uncle had a sock factory, and Boris remembers going once a year...
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Velvel Pasternak, z"l , was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at his home in New York. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Velvel Pasternak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cedarhurst, NY, August 15, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/VelvelPasternak15aug2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
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Yelena Shmulenson, a NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 5, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yelena Shmulenson Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York,...
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David Simon & Miriam Forman, son and daughter of Yiddish author and Jewish educator Solomon Simon, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 29, 2013 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Simon & Miriam Forman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, October 29,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Larry Rosenwald—professor of English at Wellesley College, translator & translation theorist/critic—was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20th, 2018 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Larry Rosenwald Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Music, song, singing, Literature,...
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Professor Chava Turniansky, Professor Emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit:  www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Chava Turniansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 17, 2014....
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Naomi Bloch, a Yiddish librarian and translator, was interviewed by Lynn Yanis on August 12, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. Naomi was born in Cape Town, South Africa to Yiddish-speaking parents. Her father owned a factory and their home was a typically observant Jewish household built on the slope of Table Mountain. She describes speaking Yiddish among her family and Cape Town's Jewish community as a young girl. In high school, Naomi went to Talmud Torah five times a week and was a part of...
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Boris Rubanovitsch, WW2 veteran of the Finnish Army who made his career in the textile business, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 15th, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Boris Rubanovitsch  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Helsinki, Finland ,   June 15, 2018...
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Barbara Buloff, daughter of Yiddish actors Joseph Buloff & Luba Kadison, and granddaughter of Leib Kadison, cofounder of the Vilna Troupe, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 11th, 2017, in New York City.   To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Buloff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Theater, Jewish professions,...
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Herman Rotenberg was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 14, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Herman Rotenberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, May 14, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Family history and stories, Jewish identity, Coming back to Yiddish...
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Hankus Netsky, musician, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and Chair of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, was interviewed by Nora Feinstein on July 8, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hankus was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up there in the middle-class Mt. Airy neighborhood. His father’s family immigrated from Podolia, Ukraine, and his mother’s family came from Kishinev in what is now Moldova. His father’s...
Topics: Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jews of Philadelphia, Jews of Boston, Jewish Education, Brecht, Klezmer,...
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Yelena Lembersky, granddaughter of Soviet Jewish artist Felix Lembersky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 30, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yelena Lembersky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book...
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Israel Zamir, z”l, Israeli journalist and son of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 1, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Israel describes his father’s early life in Lenchen, a suburb of Warsaw, Poland. Singer was born in 1904, the son of Pinchos Menachem Zynger and Bathsheba Singer. Zynger was a dayan, or rabbinic judge, and counselled Jews at their homes on Krochmalna Street, later the subject of Singer’s In My...
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Joseph Heller, summer 2013 Steiner student, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on July 24, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Joseph Heller Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 24, 2013. Video recording, [URL of interview] (...
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Paul Kaye, who helped rescue survivors of the Holocaust and fought in Israel’s War of Independence, was interviewed by Hillary Ossip on July 28, 2011, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Paul begins by describing his family background. His father, whose original family name was Kamenetsky, came from Odessa and his mother from Lemberg (also known as Lwow or Lviv). They met on the Lower East Side of New York City. His father spoke only Yiddish, but his mother became fluent in...
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